For The Record Winter 11

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Seeing Germany Close Up With AJU Students

By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

It has been more than 65 years since the end of World War II, and I often wonder what will become of our collective memory when the generation of survivors are no longer with us. Who will keep their stories alive? How will we continue to relate to the Shoah? These are some of the questions that originally motivated students in AJU's Ziegler School and MBA program and the Jewish Theological Seminary's Rabbinic, Cantorial and undergraduate programs, and myself, to recently take advantage of the new program, Germany Close Up: American Jews Meet Modern Germany.

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AJU and the Evolution of College Search

By Matt Spooner
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Matt SpoonerIt's safe to say that 2010 marked the meteoric rise of social media. A shining example of this was Time Magazine's recognition of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and President/CEO of the social networking site Facebook, as their Person of the Year 2010. Just two years ago, this honor was given to Barack Obama. The omnipresence and influence of social media is the latest indicator that we've entered a new era in college search - a development that hasn't been lost on AJU's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

 

The "old school" model of college search was driven by the colleges themselves. Admissions offices would purchase the names and addresses of prospective students from institutions such as The College Board, and those students would receive a seemingly endless flow of materials - look books, brochures, postcards, flyers, etc. It was then up to these students to sift through this mountain of information in order to identify and take the next steps with the colleges they were interested in. These steps - such as calling admissions offices, setting up tours of campuses and overnight stays, and arranging to attend college fairs - were all major indicators of prospective student interest in a college.

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AJU Alums Honored for Contributions to their Communities

American Jewish University's students and alumni, from the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management (GSNM), Graduate Center of Education (GCE) and Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (ZSRS), are often honored for their contributions to their communities. Most recently Emily Dubin Field, MBA '10 and Joel Charnick, MBA '11, were honored by major Los Angeles nonprofits.

Emily received the Spirit Award from Our House, a nonsectarian grief support center. She was recognized at the annual gala for her role in founding the organization's associate board and cultivating the next generation of leaders, donors and volunteers. And, when she gave the address at AJU's 2010 commencement on behalf of the graduate program, it was apparent to everyone that Emily was going to be successful.

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